If you’ve been playing at online casinos even for just a few days, one thing you probably couldn’t have missed is the fact that pretty much all casinos offer different bonuses to their players. There are welcome and first deposit bonuses, reload bonuses, loyalty bonuses, etc. Whichever way you look at it, the world of online gambling revolves around bonuses. On the surface, all of these offers look very similar. However, there are some very notable differences between different bonuses and I’ve only recently discovered the difference between a sticky and non-sticky casino bonus. If you like to play online, this is something you definitely need to know about. Regular or Non-Sticky Bonuses A majority of casino bonuses belong to the non-sticky category. What this essentially means is you get your deposit in and the casino awards the certain amount in bonus cash, for example, $100 deposit and $100 bonus for a total of $200. You get to play with this money and try to meet the wagering requirements whatever they might be. If you succeed in meeting the playthrough, whatever amount you have in your casino account becomes 100% yours, whether you want to use it to play some more or withdraw. Sticky (Phantom) Bonuses Sticky bonuses make up the smaller group but they certainly exist and you’ll encounter them occasionally. To start with, they look the same like regular bonuses, and if you failed to read terms and conditions, you might not even know you’re dealing with a sticky bonus. The main difference between sticky and non-sticky bonuses is that the former can never be cashed out. For example, if you deposit $100 and get a $100 bonus, if you meet the wagering requirements, you’ll get to keep your deposit and any winnings, but the initial $100 will be removed when you initiate a withdrawal. Should You Ever Take a Sticky Bonus? Looking at it from a pure cash point of view, it seems like one should avoid sticky bonuses at all cost and play with casinos that let you cash out the full amount. However, there are sometimes reasons to accept sticky offers as well. Oftentimes, these bonuses will be bigger than regular offers, so you’ll get 200%+ match on your deposit, which means you’ll have a much bigger bankroll at your disposal. While you may not be allowed to withdraw any of the bonus funds, you’ll be able to play higher than you’re used to and chase some big wins. Additionally, since you know you can only withdraw your winnings, you’ll have every incentive to play as high as possible and really go for it. With regular bonuses, you might want to be more cautious and protect your funds. With a sticky bonus, you can go out all guns blazing and try your luck chasing that one huge win.
A lot of my friends have started gambling online recently and I was always curious on how it all worked, and if it was safe. So I asked my friend Jared how he got started with online gambling and he recommended me this online casino guide. For a newbie like me it was great to find a website with all the information about online casinos gathered in one place. The website is quite easy to use and they have listed the best free spins bonuses (promotions where you can play slots for free, with real money by just opening an account), casino bonuses (extra money that you receive to boost your bankroll when making a deposit) and reviews of the most popular online casinos, among other things. I quickly browsed through the different offers and found a bonus that would give me 50 free spins on Starburst by just registering. Starburst is apparently one of the most popular slot machines and was created by a game provider called Netent. I registered my account and lo and behold, I had 50 free spins on my account. I started spinning away and after I had played those 50 free spins I had made a profit of $25. Although this bonus was free, it did come with a few terms & conditions. The $25 profit came with a 35 times wagering requirement, which means I have to play through $25 x 35 ($875), before I can withdraw any money. The first thing I did was hitting the roulette tables where I quickly doubled up on RED two times until I had $100. With these $100 I continued to play Starburst until I had bet for a total of $900. It took me about two hours since I was betting quite small stakes, but finally I came out a winner with a balance of $300 which I withdrew. So I can honestly say I had a pretty good experience with online gambling the first time I tried it. I know that most people lose their money and in no way I’m condoning online gambling, but I’m merely talking about my personal experience. I truly felt an adrenaline rush when I was winning.
The story of McAdams and Gosling Flashback to 2005. It is the MTV awards, folks. The stage is set and the die has been cast. There are hordes of A-List celebrities in the building but our eyes are pivoting to our favorite couple, Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. They have just had a great on and off-screen chemistry on the Notebook, and we know that chances are that they are going to take home some cool trophy. And then the most romantic moment in TV history happens. The pair is called to the stage to receive the Best Kiss award. They literally fly to the stage, and Gosling hoists McAdams up in the air, in front of everyone, and plants a kiss on her face. Oh, man. It is honestly depressing to think that Hollywood’s best couple is not together anymore. Sure, Gosling and McAdams have assured us that they have since moved on to be with other people, but still, one cannot help but feel slightly nostalgic. The Notebook: Where it all began Rumor has it that at the beginning of the shooting, McAdams and Gosling hated the sight of each other, couldn’t see eye to eye and even had an ‘explosive’ fight. However, it just took a little time for them to gel and after that, their chemistry was unreal. The pair dated for two years, hanging out in popular places and even stoking rumors that there was a permanent commitment in the offing. The whirlwind romance started in 2005 and ended 2 years later. Still, very much in love, the couple reconciled in 2008,dating briefly before calling it quits for good, something which broke all our hearts. Upon breaking up, Gosling put out a touching statement, calling Rachel ‘the love of her life’ and saying that people did them a ‘disservice’ assuming their love was at the same level as that of their characters in The Notebook, arguing that in real life, their romance was ‘a hell lot better’. ‘Went down swinging’ Asked what led to them splitting up, Gosling was stunningly gracious about it. His only response was that they ‘went down swinging and called it a draw’. Those on the sidelines agree that while the two showed a gentle façade on the outside, the vibe on the inside was not that great. There is the suggestion that they fell out of love towards the end and had serious fights. After the split, the two remained friends and would act kind toward each other in public. When McAdams broke up with Michael Sheen, Gosling was there to lend a hand. In fact, so much was he there for her that the interactions caused ripples in Gosling’s own relationship with Eva Mendes. For us ardent fans of McAdams, there will always be the feeling that the two could have done so much better. In many ways, it was a match made in heaven and we can’t all help but speculate about what could have been. Anyway, nobody